On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street.
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind, desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.
I normally write my own synopsis for the books I review, but I felt like I couldn’t do it justice without accidentally saying too much, so this is from the back of the book. I had already made that error when describing the book to a friend and it prompted her to ask me a question based on my synopsis that would have forced me to give away something.
Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this book. This was one of my favourite books of 2016 and one of the books that I’ve pushed on almost everyone and anyone. The biggest hang up I’ve heard from those that I’ve recommended this book to, is that they can’t deal with a story about a child getting hurt. And yes, while that is a horrible moment in the beginning of the novel, I feel it was more a catalyst to propel us into the narrative. The accident sets things in motion, and the book develops more around the characters. Don’t get me wrong, I Let You Go still tackles some difficult issues (of which I can’t get into without spoiling anything), but it all works into the plot.
I had the pleasure of meeting Clare Mackintosh about a month ago when she was doing a book signing in Toronto and, while answering a question from the audience, had revealed that this book was originally supposed to be a romance novel. I’m not quite sure how that would have played out, nor would I have probably ever picked it up to read if that were the case!